Daisy Ridley confirms that she’s in talks to play Lara Croft: yay or nay?


Here are some photos of Daisy Ridley at the Jameson Empire Awards on Sunday night in London. She wore a Boss dress and she looked very Keira Knightley-esque. As we discussed before, Daisy is a tiny little thing. She owns it though, and she seems to understand that with Star Wars, she’s a role model for young women, so she tries to say the right things about body image and body acceptance. I bring this up because… Daisy is apparently in talks to take over an iconic, famously curvy character: Lara Croft. Lara Croft started out as a curvy/busty/athletic video game heroine, and when they first adapted Lara Croft for the screen, Angelina Jolie famously had to put on something like 20-30 pounds to play her, plus Jolie had to pad her already large bust. So… how would this work?

Daisy Ridley has confirmed that she has been in talks to star in the much-hyped Tomb Raider reboot. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter at the Empire Awards, held in London on Sunday, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress – who picked up the best female newcomer award – said there “have been conversations” about her picking up the Lara Croft reins left by Angelina Jolie, but she has not been offered the role.

“I’m waiting for someone to say ‘I want you, let’s do it’,” she said, adding that there wasn’t a script for the film yet. Although currently filming the 8th episode of Star Wars, Ridley said she would have time to take the additional role given the opportunity. “Absolutely, I’m trying to fill up my calendar,” she said.

Ridley’s co-star John Boyega — winner of Empire’s best male newcomer award — admitted that he himself had eyed Ridley for the Lara Croft role.

“I played Tomb Raider the game, it’s a new take and I think the movies are going to be based on that version,” he told THR. “But I texted Daisy [and] was like, ‘this is you!’ and ‘you need to get on that because you could be Lara Croft.’ She should be.”

[From The Hollywood Reporter]

I think Daisy would be more than capable of taking over this role, full-stop. She handled the physicality of her Star Wars role really well, and judging by her Instagram videos, she’s strong as hell. She’s athletic, and that’s what Lara Croft needs. But… I do think the fan-boys will have an issue with someone so small being cast as Lara Croft. Lara is famously buxom and not-petite, you know? Plus, I’ve always thought that if they were every going to reboot the Lara Croft franchise, they should go for someone more like Gina Carano.


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  1. lisa2 says:

    physically she looks like the new version of the character. She would be playing Lara as a 20 something. Not yet at what she was in the older version. I would think Daisy would want to not do another franchise and show a more diverse acting range.. but who knows.

    • Mia4s says:

      Well she will make good money on Star Wars but not crazy money. For this they would have to pay her crazy money and then she could do prestige indies for nothing forever if she wanted. I can see the temptation.

      Also no conflict with Star Wars now if she does put on some weight/muscle. She’s no longer working for rations on a harsh desert planet. Maybe Luke is a good cook? :-)

    • Original T.C. says:

      Wasn’t Star Wars her first ever acting role (correct me if I’m wrong please)? If so how do we know if she has interest or ability in more diverse acting? Her response sounds more like this is the best she’s been offered so far.

      • V4Real says:

        “Wasn’t Star Wars her first ever acting role”

        No, her first major movie role. She was a television actress before landing the Star Wars gig. No shame in that. A lot of actors started in television. Demi Moore and Viggo Mortesen just to name a couple.

      • evile says:

        @ VReal
        She didn’t really have much of a TV career except for playing bit roles. SW is her first official role.

    • INeedANap says:

      The newest Lara Croft game released was kind of a prequel, with a Lara right out of college. If they go the same route for the movie then it would work.

      Of course the latest Lara was quasi-Asian, because nerdy fanboys.

  2. Amelia says:

    Totally up for this.
    Daisy would be a great Lara, forgetting the ridiculous proportions she was given back in the 90s.
    If the films really are going to based on the rebooted games, I think it matters even less; the reboots have been focussed on Lara slowly developing into the badass Tomb Raider we all know and love instead of being a bit of a Mary-Jane from the get go.
    I’m sure some of the neckbeards on Reddit would disagree, but I care far more about whether the actresses they’re looking at have the ability to convey Lara’s intelligence and courage rather than her cup size.

  3. Grace says:

    She will be typecast

    • M.A.F. says:

      She is brand new and for a while she will be eyed for these type of roles. Doesn’t mean she will be pigeonholed forever though.

  4. DazLondon says:

    I don’t think Lara is as “buxom” in the latest games

  5. tanesha86 says:

    I think she’d be perfect in the role in terms of being able to meet the requirements for physicality but I think some might take issue with the fact that she looks absolutely nothing like Lara Croft

  6. D says:

    Gina Carano would look the part, but she’s a terrible actress. I think Daisy would be great, the fanboys can get over themselves. ;)

    • Lizzie McGuire says:

      Oh yeah, they are. Everyone loves her so the news that she might play Lara Croft were mainly positive. That’s a good move from her part, quite different from Star Wars but she can prove that she can handle the physical requirements based on her last job. As for Gina I really like her but I agree with you she’s not a great actress.

  7. jess1632 says:

    nay! a giant nay! NOOOOOOOOOOO

  8. Kimbers says:

    Is she just be a franchise actress then? Would hate for her to get typecast as one, and not get “serious” roles later because of it. :(

    • Chinoiserie says:

      Tyese days there is not really a divide between franchise and serious actors if you are talented/famous enough.

  9. mkyarwood says:

    People saying no, what are your choices? The new Lara Croft is meant to start when she is younger than the original. I hope they’ll ask her to bulk up, but her physicality/athleticism is a lot higher than Jolie’s ever was. I like this pick, and I like that she’s going to stick with action for awhile.

    • Pepper says:

      My choice would be stop rebooting movies that are barely a decade old.

      • M.A.F. says:

        Isn’t the Lara Croft movie over a decade?

      • V4Real says:

        I can agree that studios need to stop rebooting movies that are barely a decade old but M.A.F. is right. The last Tomb Raider film “Cradle of Life” was out in 2003. That still might be too soon for some. I think that’s why The Amazing Spiderman didn’t do as well as they wanted it to; it was rebooted too soon after Toby McGuire’s Spiderman. I can say the same thing about The Fantastic 4 but that movie was just a disaster even if it was 20 years from now.

  10. Pri says:

    F— fanboys,

    I would be happy if the film version presented a more realistic figure.

    • Classy and Sassy says:

      The Tomb Raider game series was rebooted in 2013 with an origin story, featuring a realistically-proportioned Croft. Gone are the wasp-waist and balloon tits.

    • INeedANap says:

      Your first point, in general.

  11. Karen says:

    Even Angie wore a padded bra to play Lara Croft. I dont think boob size should hold a capable actor back.

    Will this pigeon hole her to action movies, is what her team should be thinking about.

  12. Div says:

    Unpopular opinion but I thought her acting/screen charisma was very meh in Star Wars…obviously better than Hayden and Natalie in the previous films but nothing to write home about. I felt like Oscar Isaac in his fifteen minutes made more of an impact. ….so I’m wondering about her in non Stars Wars films. It would be nice to see a Gina Carano type who can fight, but Hollywood isn’t keen on casting tall, muscular actresses for the most part….and ugh you know the reddit types only care about her boobs.

    • Nancy says:

      I don’t agree with you on Hayden and Natalie. I thought they were atleast memorable unlike the new stars in TFA. I thought Hayden was really good in Episode III, he could play the dark side very well when he turned. Natalie was so-so but her character had beautiful costumes which I will always remember. I know Lucas gets bashed for the Prequels, but atleast they felt like SW films and had memorable moments. TFA felt like a ANH rehash and cash-grab. Nothing about it was memorable imo. Especially the lack of strong villains. Which is what SW is known for. This movie had such weak and pathetic villians cough*Kylo Ren*cough.

      • M.A.F. says:

        I agree Hayden turned it around in Ep III but my goodness, his acting in Ep. II was annoying. No one likes sandy Ani. Portman was wooden throughout the series for me.

      • MP says:

        Funny how people see things so differently. I absolutely loved The force awakens and the one thing I was thinking after seeing it was Who is THAT? about Adam Driver. I thought he was amazing and that Kylo Ren is a great character that can go either way in the future films.
        I was sad to see the are no stories about Adam on Celebitchy 😢

      • evile says:

        @ MP
        What was it about him you liked though? I thought he was a lame villain and he lacked the presence of a powerful villain. As soon as he took off his mask, my audience in the theater erupted into laughter. He was easily the weakest actor in TFA to me. His acting was very poor to me too. Especially the scene where he kills Han Solo, and the forest fight scene.

      • MP says:

        To me his acting wasn’t poor but very nuanced and believable. Kylo is an insecure mess full of self doubt who lashes out when things don’t go his way. I think Kylo was the most realistic character in that he is not just one thing. He doesn’t know what is right and what he truly wants unlike Rey who seems perfectly righteous in every situation.
        I like it that he is not “ready” he could become a very powerful villain after he completes his training or he might not be able to suppress his humanity and the light side.

        One of the reasons I was so disappointed in the prequels was that they were supposed to tell us the story how and why Anakin became Darth Vader and they completely failed. It didn’t make any sense at all. He sees a bad dream and doesn’t get “seniority” right away so he kills everybody?

        I hope that with Kylo we’ll get another chance to see what could make a person turn bad and make such devastating choices. Of course it depends on the quality of the script too. And I’m not alone in thinking AD did a great job. Most reviews I’ve read praise his performance.

      • evile says:

        @ MP
        Anakin did not turn evil just because of a bad dream. He was angry and frustrated for a long time, had dark desires and gave himself up when he was at his lowest. he grew up a slave when he was a boy, got taken from his mother, had to marry his love in secrecy and was fed up with how the Jedi were not giving him what he wanted. It was a good reason to turn to the Dark Side I thought. I think that part of the trilogy was well played. I think his bad life led him to becoming Vader.
        I don’t care what most reviewers said, Adam Driver was awful, and his portrayal as Kylo Ren was a whiny spoiled brat. My theater all laughed at him every time he spoke a worked or showed his face without the mask. Lots of other folks thought he was a joke like I did.

      • MP says:

        You can ignore the reviewers, I won’t care about the people in your theater.
        We can just agree to disagree. You asked me a question and I answered. Your opinion is no closer to any absolute truth than mine.

    • Mia4s says:

      Awww, I thought she was great. And incredibly appealing. No one makes more of an impression than Oscar Isaac, that’s an unfair comparison! ;-)

      I try to forget Hayden and Natalie in Star Wars. Just so terrible. The writing made them painful to watch. Those “characters” were such a waste of time.

      • evile says:

        Not as bad as ” Father….I see the light…I am..torn!.
        Adam Driver makes Portman and Christensen seem like thespians. Seriously what a bad actor and very unattractive too. I agree with Nancy on Episode 7. Very unoriginal and we have seen it before.

  13. ollie says:

    She looks like the new/prequel/reboot Lara. So this casting is on point.
    Lara Croft now has a “normal” sized body and wears cloths in the new games where she is just 20 years old and in the begining of her “tomb raider career”

  14. CornyBlue says:

    Yes. She should definitely play Lara Croft. I know nothing about this character or what the hell she does so .. why has no WOC been considered for this ?

    • Angry Cookie says:

      Lara Croft is from British elite, that’s why no WOC has been considered. Although the rebooted version has something Mediterranean about her… I think Adele Exarchopoulos would fit the role perfectly, physically and acting wise if only she could speak English…
      On the WOC department, Sam, Lara’s best friend/key plot of the game is Japanese/Portuguese mixed, and there’s an Afro American character as well as a new Zealand native one, I hope the casting directors will cast accordingly and respect the game’s material.

      • evile says:

        If you wanna keep Lara Croft white, then why do people get angry here if someone suggests Spider Man or James Bond should be kept white? They are also originally white too. I mean, shouldn’t people respect the material for them too then?

      • Angry Cookie says:

        Evile, I don’t mind having a POC portraying a character, that’s absolutely not what I said. Just that the reason a WOC hasn’t been considered is that in both sources material (the 90′s games and the newly rebooted version on which this movie is based on) Lara has a specific background that explains her upbringing and personality in the games. As I said, the rest of the cast is full of POC which is
        a very important key plot in the game, so they can’t white wash the casting otherwise the whole movie won’t make sense.

      • Eh, I guess I’m the eternal optimist….because to get a WOC to play Lara Croft…..all you’d have to do (the writer) would be to have her father fall in love with/have a one night stand with….a WOC he met in his travels…..who died in childbirth or something (I don’t know the origin story, but I saw the original films, and she wasn’t in them)……and he took her, and raised her on her own. The only thing that would change would be a) how her parents met (if they met at some “rich person with three hundred year old title” only party)…. and b) her struggles in not only being a woman in the archaeology/adventure field, but a POC one as well.

        You could also juxpose that with her trying to fit in with the elite….which I would imagine was hard in the game/movie, because she’s not a conventional woman.

        I don’t think it would change the story that much.

  15. Nancy says:

    Even though I am not a huge Angelina Jolie fan. I thougt she nailed the role and looked pretty good in it.
    Daisy Ridley is a too bland looking and is a bland actress. I was not really into her when SW and infact, the whole cast of that movie were so forgettable and boring. Adam Driver was terrible as a Sith lord imo. Hard to believe this is Darth Vader’s grandson, an ugly looking dude with skinny body and bad acting skills.
    I feel Lara needs to be played by a sexy and strong actress , which Daisy is not.

  16. Shambles says:

    No. No. No. Stop. Remaking. Movies. I’m so frustrated. Just make one damn original film based on an original idea. FACK.

    • prissa says:

      @shambles – EXACTLY! Are there any new ideas in Hollywood at all???

      • Chinoiserie says:

        Originalls keep flopping. You can’t expect Hollywood to be bussiness of losing money do you? There are far more originals besides than ever btw (because Hollywood makes more films than ever), the franchise films just get the most attention from press and people who click articles. So there is clearly a demand for them. Maybe you should look the list of resent original flops and see if you saw and supported them in theathers. It does not matter if the films were good or not, the weak franchise films still make more money than weak originals in most cases. You do not need to watch the franchise films if you do not want to.

    • M.A.F. says:

      Original ideas don’t seem to make money which is what Hollywood wants.

      Yes, people I am fully aware some original movies do but look at the current climate of Hollywood.

    • CK says:

      This is such an overblown critique that it is getting ridiculous. Original films are made all the time, but they don’t make as much money as reboots and they don’t generate as much press so they don’t get the insane budgets that adaptations/reboots do, but they’re there and in most years, they vastly outnumber the reboots. The real question should be why as someone who hates reboots, are you not knowledgeable of this?

    • lucy2 says:

      I agree – as much as I’d like to see another female character action film, do we really need another Lara Croft? I’d rather see an original piece, but whatever. I like Daisy, so if she gets this congrats to her.

  17. ell says:

    i don’t think daisy is a tiny little thing at all. she isn’t short, and you can tell she’s very athletic.

    as for the movie, i’d rather not, because it’s boring.

  18. Betti says:

    She has the plummy accent, is English and has experience playing a ‘heroine’ so why not but still not a fan of her acting – she’s really not very good.

  19. dAsh says:

    Lol – NO.

    They kept showing her on an award show, the Oscars I think? And I kept thinking who the hell is this chick? I had no idea that she’s the chick from Star Wars. She is so bland looking and a meh actress.

  20. Littlebowbee says:

    I played the new game, it’s a perfect fit! It is a totally different look. She is also fully clothed and not all sexed up and booby-licious!

  21. tw says:

    Perfect fit re: the Star Wars scene with her in the mask as a scavenger.

  22. Madpoe says:

    Actually I think she would be a good pick. She can bulk up for the role to come across believably athletic. Although I’m soooo fed up of remakes/re-envisioned movies, as well as comic books!

    • CArol says:

      I think she would be a good pick too. I loved Angelina in the Lara Croft series, in fact, it may be the only film I really like her in. But I think Daisy would be great in a reboot.

      BTW – Hate it when Hollywood does a remake. It’s usually never as good as the original even if the original stank.

  23. Caela says:

    Noo! I love Daisy but she is totally wrong for Lara. Lara is supposed to be tall and muscular and have a figure. She doesn’t have to be ridiculously proportioned but she has to have some of that.

    But I would also love to see colour-blind casting for this. Angelina made such an iconic Lara I think they should go a totally different route and maybe have a black Lara??

    • Angry Cookie says:

      No, Lara is in her early 20′s average height bordering on short, in the new games. She’s not a gun blazing badass yet.

  24. Kinnakee says:

    I mean… why don’t they just pick someone like Camilla Luddignton, who’s an actress (not the most famous one) and the model for the reboot games? Daisy Ridley is just too exposed because of Star Wars, so the expectations are going to be incredibly high.

  25. Emma - The JP Lover says:

    I think she would make a fabulous Lara Croft! :)

  26. Maya says:

    Lara is classy, stunningly beautiful with an innate sexiness – Angelina is all that which is why she was perfect for that role.

    Haven’t seen much of Daisy and she could be perfect but I personally don’t think she is sexy.?

  27. Sizzler says:

    I like Daisy and thought she did a fine job in Star Wars but I think Alycia Debnam-Carey (Lexa from the 100) would kill it at new young Lara, plus she’s a pretty good actor

  28. CK says:

    Maybe you should update the photo with the new rebooted image of Lara Croft? Would definitely quiet some of the naysayers. As to the reboot, I say go for it. I think the original films were made before their times and could definitely benefit from the direction that action films are going these days and the direction that the game series has taken. I’m always wary of video game adaptations, however, as they tend to be hollow adaptations meant to capitalize on the brand.

  29. Emily says:

    Jaime Alexander would make a good Lara Croft as long as it could be distinguishable enough from her role on Blindspot.

  30. pinetree13 says:

    I love Daisy and she would do great in the role….but….why do we need another Lara Croft/Tomb Raider movie? WHY!??!!?

  31. sofie says:

    Why does she have to be in her early 20′s ? Indiana Jones is in his bloody 70′s. Is Lara not allowed to age?

  32. Carrot says:

    I like Daisy and I think she’d be a good, non-oversexualised LC. No stuffed chest though, please! Athletic and fierce. That’s enough.

  33. Magnoliarose says:

    I like her but sick of these reboots. Meh.

  34. serena says:

    I mean, I’m sure she could and would do even an awesome job but i don’t see entering two major franchise a wise move. She should stick to Star Wars and do lots of different movies, but stay away from franchise until she’s over SW.

  35. Mila says:

    They will do movie about reboot Lara where she is 5,4″. And about average size and height. So she is perfect. Also i like new Lara more than older version because she seems like a real person not like a bionic woman. And yea i am a gamer.

  36. Green Tea says:

    I like Daisy and her Instagram is perfect, charming, and on pitch. She didn’t blow me away in SW but you can’t expect outstanding acting in pop space operas. I like her tomboyish charm and I think she’d be good as Lara Croft without the annoying Jessica Rabbit silhouette.
    I wonder how many of these stories are actually deliberate “leaks” to get people’s opinion and better inform casting directors? So we’re giving them free focus group-type info just by posting on these forums?

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